Tools for Tinnitus measurement: Development and validity of questionnaires to assess handicap and treatment effects

Kathryn Fackrell*, Deborah A. Hall, Johanna Barry, Derek J. Hoare

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Abstract

Tinnitus is a chronic condition that affects about 15% of the population and up to one in three older adults. For some it is a mild annoyance, for others it can be extremely distressing and can significantly deteriorate quality of life. Perceptual characteristics are a poor indicator of clinical need. Clinicians and researchers alike rely on self-report or questionnaires to quantify the severity of an individual's tinnitus and to gauge the changes in tinnitus severity or tinnitus-related handicap over time or after clinical intervention. This book chapter evaluates the psychometric properties of five tinnitus questionnaires; Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire, Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire, Tinnitus Questionnaire, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, and Tinnitus Functional Index. We critically appraise the development process, validation, and responsiveness. We consider the true utility of each questionnaire to measure the short and long term consequences of tinnitus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTinnitus: Causes, Treatment and Short & Long Term Health Effects
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Pages13-60
Number of pages48
ISBN (Electronic)9781631175688
ISBN (Print)9781631175565
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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